Wet Weather Likely Persistent

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Rainfall this June wasn’t exactly friendly to Iowa farmers, but still didn't compare to last year.

2014 saw the third-wettest June in 140 years of record-keeping, behind 2010 and 1947. That June was also the fourth-wettest calendar month overall, well below the record rainfall in June of 1993.

The statewide precipitation average last June was a staggering 9.94 inches, compared to a normal 5.02 inches.But now that the calendar has flipped over to July, State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says June of 2015 wasn’t even close to last year. It was the 22nd-wettest June recorded in Iowa.

This year the National Weather Service expects the month of July to be both cooler than usual, and wetter than usual.

Hillaker says the weather pattern, in a word, will probably be persistent, ”The month as a whole, still expecting, you might say, more of the same, for the most part. Really for much of the central part of the country in that same pattern and even the 90-day outlook, which goes July, August, September, same thing there as well. Favoring cooler and wetter than usual weather for us.“

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